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Thank Heaven for Kids charity to make sure needy students get lunch

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Rollo Williams, who’s a Campbell County School District School Board trustee, said that as federal government support decreased for school lunches, it’s costing $4,200 per month to provide lunches to district students in need.

The organization Thank Heaven for Kids helps prevent “lunch shaming” since, thanks to the organization’s work, students can go through the lunch line without showing any indication that they’re getting financial assistance, Williams said. The organization helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade, he said.

He’s asking for the community’s support.

“No amount is too small,” Williams said.

Volunteers pay into the fund, and organizations have asked clients to make donations, he said.

Williams said the organization is separate from Blessings in a Backpack, which provides weekend meals to students in need. Through a district-wide “Jeans Week” fundraiser, Campbell County School District raised $3,116 for Blessings in a Backpack, Board Chair Anne Ochs announced at the Nov. 15 school board meeting.

Williams said people who want to donate can call him on his home phone, contact their local school and note that they want the money donated to this cause, or call Campbell County School District Finance Manager Shelly Haney at 307-687-4541.